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Human Rights in Canada: An Historical Perspective

Redefining discrimination

Ottawa, Canada
1923

Xenophobia continues to push politicians to pass discriminatory legislation that prevents asian immigration to Canada.

The latest effort is s. 5 of the Chinese Immigration Act, 1923. It confines immigration to certain groups such as students coming to Canada to study at a University and Chinese children born in Canada who wish to come home.

It's far from an open door policy.

The more things change...

In 1923, Canadians and their governments are concerned about widespread immigration from China. In 1999, a new wave of illegal refugees from China will make headlines.

Want To Know More?

Read the Chinese Immigration Act, S.C. 1923 c. 38 S. 5